Dr. William F. Shija Secretary-General The Commonwealth, the CPA  and Parliamentary Democracy
The Commonwealth from 1948 to Today A voluntary association of independent sovereign states … consulting and  co-operating...
The Commonwealth Mission A Voluntary Organization Based on Consensus 53 Sovereign Nations –  Nearly Two Billion People Com...
Commonwealth Membership Criteria Connection with an existing member country Comply with Commonwealth values, principles an...
Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles (1971) <ul><li>We believe in the liberty of the individual, in equal righ...
Harare Commonwealth Declaration (1991) <ul><li>Democracy , democratic processes and institutions which reflect  national c...
Millbrook Commonwealth Action  Programme (1995) <ul><li>MEASURES IN SUPPORT OF PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS  </li></ul><ul><...
Commonwealth (Latimer House)  Principles (2004) <ul><li>Accountability and  Relationship  between the  Executive ,  Legisl...
<ul><li>1911: Empire Parliamentary Association </li></ul><ul><li>1948: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association  </li></ul><...
CPA Branches in Nine Regions
Mission Statement Promotes Parliamentary Knowledge and Understanding Seeks Good or Best Practice Commonwealth Parliamentar...
The CPA Structure Branch Delegations (approx. 650 Members)  Officers of the Association (5) CWP Chairperson  (1) Regional ...
Strategic Plan 2008-2012: Areas of Work <ul><li>Professional Development  for Members and Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Technica...
<ul><li>Strengthening the CPA through Communications  </li></ul>The Secretary General’s Mission Generate Knowledge and Exp...
The CPA Secretariat
The CPA Secretariat: Key to Organogram <ul><li>Print & On-line Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>E...
CPA Finance Income, mainly from annual Branch membership fees, totaling  £ 2.2 million in 2007. Most of the fees are retur...
Communication Process From Members  attending the General Assembly  to all Members  in respective Branches Between Regions...
Communication Issues General Assembly to Members in Branches Branch Meetings & Motions in the House Dates & Invitations to...
Information Services <ul><li>Quarterly Journal:  The Parliamentarian </li></ul><ul><li>CPA Newsletters: First Reading  and...
Communications Instruments and Products Reach and Effectiveness E-mail Radio, Television & Video Systems The Documentary P...
The CPA and the Public Basic Research The CPA Centennial Celebration in 2011 Taking the message to the people The 53rd Ann...
<ul><li>Working with other international organizations and institutions – UNDP, World Bank Institute, WTO, DFID, CIDA  </l...
Dr William F. Shija, CPA Secretary-General <ul><li>Commonwealth Parliamentary </li></ul><ul><li>Association Secretariat  <...
A Community of Parliamentarians
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    1. 1. Dr. William F. Shija Secretary-General The Commonwealth, the CPA and Parliamentary Democracy
    2. 2. The Commonwealth from 1948 to Today A voluntary association of independent sovereign states … consulting and co-operating in the common interests of their peoples and in the promotion of international understanding and world peace.
    3. 3. The Commonwealth Mission A Voluntary Organization Based on Consensus 53 Sovereign Nations – Nearly Two Billion People Common Heritage in Language, Culture, Law and Education No Constitution or Charter
    4. 4. Commonwealth Membership Criteria Connection with an existing member country Comply with Commonwealth values, principles and priorities Accept Commonwealth norms and conventions
    5. 5. Singapore Declaration of Commonwealth Principles (1971) <ul><li>We believe in the liberty of the individual, in equal rights </li></ul><ul><li>for all citizens regardless of race, colour, creed or political belief, and in their inalienable right to participate by means of free and democratic political processes in framing the society in which they live . We therefore strive to promote </li></ul><ul><li>in each of our countries those representative institutions </li></ul><ul><li>and guarantees for personal freedom </li></ul><ul><li>under the law that are our common heritage. </li></ul>
    6. 6. Harare Commonwealth Declaration (1991) <ul><li>Democracy , democratic processes and institutions which reflect national circumstances , the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary, just and honest government; </li></ul><ul><li>Fundamental human rights , including equal rights and opportunities for all citizens regardless of race, colour, creed or political belief; </li></ul><ul><li>Equality for women , so that they may exercise their full and equal rights; </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of sustainable development and the alleviation of poverty </li></ul><ul><li>We invite the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and non-governmental Commonwealth organizations to play their full part in promoting these objectives. </li></ul>
    7. 7. Millbrook Commonwealth Action Programme (1995) <ul><li>MEASURES IN SUPPORT OF PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS </li></ul><ul><li>FOR THE PRACTICE OF THE HARARE PRINCIPLES </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance in creating and building the capacity of requisite institutions </li></ul><ul><li>Assistance in constitutional and legal matters , including with selecting models and initiating programmes of democratisation </li></ul><ul><li>Support for good government, particularly in the area of public service reform </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and other bodies, to strengthen the democratic culture and effective parliamentary practices. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Commonwealth (Latimer House) Principles (2004) <ul><li>Accountability and Relationship between the Executive , Legislature and Judiciary </li></ul><ul><li>Mutual Respect for Constitutional Roles of Each Institution </li></ul><ul><li>Independence of Parliaments and the Judiciary </li></ul><ul><li>Executive Accountability to Parliament </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiveness of the Law-Making Process for Good Governance </li></ul><ul><li>Oversight and Scrutiny of Government </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunities for Civil Society Participation </li></ul>
    9. 9. <ul><li>1911: Empire Parliamentary Association </li></ul><ul><li>1948: Commonwealth Parliamentary Association </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary Arm of the Commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>Constitution adopted in 1993 </li></ul><ul><li>Work Endorsed by Commonwealth Parliaments and Heads of Government </li></ul><ul><li>Patron: HM Queen Elizabeth II, Head of the Commonwealth </li></ul><ul><li>Present in 52 of the 53 Commonwealth Countries (except Brunei). </li></ul><ul><li>Over 180 Branches in National, State, Provincial and Territorial Parliaments </li></ul><ul><li>More than 16,000 Parliamentarians </li></ul>The CPA: A Community of Parliamentarians
    10. 10. CPA Branches in Nine Regions
    11. 11. Mission Statement Promotes Parliamentary Knowledge and Understanding Seeks Good or Best Practice Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference Communiqués To promote the advancement of parliamentary democracy by enhancing knowledge and understanding of democratic governance and by building an informed parliamentary community able to deepen the Commonwealth’s democratic commitment and to further co-operation among its Parliament and Legislatures “ Solution-Seeking” Organization
    12. 12. The CPA Structure Branch Delegations (approx. 650 Members) Officers of the Association (5) CWP Chairperson (1) Regional Representatives (30) Regional Secretariats (9) National, state, provincial, territorial Parliaments and Legislatures (over 180) CPA Officials, Members and Branch Secretaries Secretary-General and staff (14) General Assembly Executive Committee Regions Branches Members Secretariat
    13. 13. Strategic Plan 2008-2012: Areas of Work <ul><li>Professional Development for Members and Staff </li></ul><ul><li>Technical Assistance Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>Human Rights (Gender, HIV/Aids, Freedom of Information) </li></ul><ul><li>Global, National and Personal Security </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable Development </li></ul>
    14. 14. <ul><li>Strengthening the CPA through Communications </li></ul>The Secretary General’s Mission Generate Knowledge and Expertise Create Products and Literature Promote a Common Understanding and Position Make a Global Contribution
    15. 15. The CPA Secretariat
    16. 16. The CPA Secretariat: Key to Organogram <ul><li>Print & On-line Publications </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul><ul><li>Events Organization </li></ul><ul><li>Programme Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Human Resources </li></ul><ul><li>Finance </li></ul><ul><li>Support Services </li></ul><ul><li>Programme Activities </li></ul>Communications and Research Administration and Finance
    17. 17. CPA Finance Income, mainly from annual Branch membership fees, totaling £ 2.2 million in 2007. Most of the fees are returned to the Branches in services. Membership fees based largely on size of Branch’s delegation entitlement to the annual conference. Central expenditure of £2.5 million in 2007.
    18. 18. Communication Process From Members attending the General Assembly to all Members in respective Branches Between Regions and Branches Between Members in each Region and each Branch Twinning arrangements (e.g. Malawi and Scotland, Tasmania and Samoa) Vertical Communication Horizontal Communication Horizontal Communication Other
    19. 19. Communication Issues General Assembly to Members in Branches Branch Meetings & Motions in the House Dates & Invitations to Regional Meetings Topics designed to share Comparative Studies Sharing and Cultural Exchange Gender Issues Parliamentarians and Constituents/ Civil Society / Media / Gender Between Parliamentarians and the Public Between Parliaments Between Members Between Regions
    20. 20. Information Services <ul><li>Quarterly Journal: The Parliamentarian </li></ul><ul><li>CPA Newsletters: First Reading and CPA Update </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary Information and Reference Centre (PIRC) </li></ul><ul><li>CPA Website (www.cpahq.org) </li></ul><ul><li>CPA Reports & Leaflets </li></ul>
    21. 21. Communications Instruments and Products Reach and Effectiveness E-mail Radio, Television & Video Systems The Documentary Publications Electronic Media Direct Communication
    22. 22. The CPA and the Public Basic Research The CPA Centennial Celebration in 2011 Taking the message to the people The 53rd Annual Conference Documentary in India Future Regional Conference Documentaries
    23. 23. <ul><li>Working with other international organizations and institutions – UNDP, World Bank Institute, WTO, DFID, CIDA </li></ul><ul><li>Working with young people (Commonwealth Day Activities & Youth Parliaments) </li></ul>Programmes and Outreach
    24. 24. Dr William F. Shija, CPA Secretary-General <ul><li>Commonwealth Parliamentary </li></ul><ul><li>Association Secretariat </li></ul><ul><li>Westminster House, Suite 700, </li></ul><ul><li>7 Millbank, London SW1P 3JA </li></ul><ul><li>United Kingdom </li></ul><ul><li>Email: hq.sec@cpahq.org </li></ul><ul><li>Web: www.cpahq.org </li></ul><ul><li>Tel: (+44) 20-7799-1460 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: (+44) 20-7222-6073 </li></ul>
    25. 25. A Community of Parliamentarians
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